Printed in the Reiyukai America News, Oct 2004, issue #44.
A press release written by Don Ross, ceo of OptiWell, Inc, the Optimum in Wellness Training.
"A hundred thousand days of journey, how many dangers?"*
Life is filled with difficulties and dangers. Yet careful planning and learning what to do in life threatening emergencies can keep you and your family safe.
-- Li Tung (9th century)
"The little boy, named Po-ch'in,
is shoulder high to his elder sister;
side by side they walk beneath the peach--
who will pat them with loving hands?
I lose myself in thoughts of them;
day by day care burns out my heart."*
-- Li Po (8th century)
Just like Li Po, we all want to take the best care of our children. Here are a few ideas on how to keep your children safe:
Up to age three, infants and toddlers put everything into their mouth. This is how they learn about the world. So keep the floor clear of all little items that can fit in their mouth.
A used toilet paper roll makes an excellent choke guide! Anything that fits in it can be choked upon by an infant or toddler.
Keep hot items such as coffee and cigarettes out of children's reach.
Use the back burners while cooking.
Take a First Aid or Pediatric CPR course to brush up on your life saving skills.
"The tallow candle has a heart--it grieves at parting,
Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. Do you know how to recognize a heart attack? What if someone goes unconscious? Here are a few helpful tips:
in our place drips tears until the break of day."*
-- Tu Mu (9th century)
It is often more difficult for a woman to recognize she is having a heart attack than a man. While a man is likely to show classic signals like persistent chest pain and difficulty breathing, a woman is more likely to experience a general sense of malaise and a tightness in her back or side. Call 9-1-1 after 3 to 5 minutes of steady pain.
In cardiac arrest, every minute an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is delayed decreases a person's chance of survival by 10%. Call 9-1-1 immediately when someone goes unconscious!
Learn CPR and how to use an AED. The life you save is likely to be your loved one. It's as easy as A-B-C!
Don Ross is the ceo of OptiWell, the Optimum in Wellness Training, an independent training center for the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI). He has been providing community health education to people who speak english as a second language since 1991. He has also been a genealogist for 30 years. Reiyukai America, a lay buddhist organization devoted to family and ancestor appreciation, has generously offered their facilities for CPR and First Aid classes. Call OptiWell at (619) 204-3838 or visit us online at OptiWell-inc.com for more info.
*Chinese Lyricism: Shih Poetry from the 2nd to 12th Century. Translated by Burton Watson. Columbia Univ. Press: NY. 1971. pp. 120, 121, 150.